[chawr, chohr]


a small or odd job; routine task.
chores, the everyday work around a house or farm.
a hard or unpleasant task: Solving the problem was quite a chore.

Origin of chore

1375–1425; late Middle English char, Old English cyrr, variant of cierr, cerr char3

Synonyms for chore

1. duty, work, errand, stint. 1, 2. See task. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chore

Contemporary Examples of chore

Historical Examples of chore

  • Somewhere on these six hundred acres was the herd and it was his chore to find it and bring it in.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • "You said running errands was my chore," he reminded his mother.

    Jerry's Charge Account

    Hazel Hutchins Wilson

  • The sooner he finished the sooner his mother might give him some other chore to do.

    Jerry's Charge Account

    Hazel Hutchins Wilson

  • I had started for the store, but then remembered a chore I wanted him to do.


    William Gerken

  • He did not force him, he did many a chore for him, always picked the best piece of the meal for him.


    Herman Hesse

British Dictionary definitions for chore



a small routine task, esp a domestic one
an unpleasant task

Word Origin for chore

C19: variant of Middle English chare; related to char ³
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Word Origin and History for chore

1751, American English, variant of char, from Middle English cherre "odd job," from Old English cerr, cierr "turn, change, time, occasion, affair business."

Chore, a corruption of char, is an English word, still used in many parts of England, as a char-man, a char-woman; but in America, it is perhaps confined to New England. It signifies small domestic jobs of work, and its place cannot be supplied by any other single word in the language. [Noah Webster, "Dissertations on the English Language," 1789]
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